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epolicy for Young Leaders | Webinar based introductory course in public policy

Event Date: 25 Apr To 02 May 2020; Time: 10:30 AM to 6 PM
Venue: Online

What is the ideal role of government in society? What is a public good? How come markets work in certain circumstances, but not in others? Why are some laws difficult to implement? How can India become a developed country?

To get some answers to these and more questions, come attend the epolicy.

epolicy for Young Leaders is a two-day online certificate course introducing students and young professionals to public policy. Our aim is to provide you with a first look at public policy, with expert interaction, and an opportunity to network with the Centre for Civil Society’s alumni base of over 8,000 students and young professionals.

Come and learn with us over two Saturdays. epolicy has six live webinar sessions by eminent public policy experts. In between the Saturdays, you get to see cool videos and network with your fellow classmates and the policy experts.

We only accept 30 participants in each course!

Dates: April 25, 2020 and May 2, 2020
Time: 10:30 AM to 6 PM
Applications Close: April 19, 2020

Fee: Rs. 1,000, with early bird discount of 10% for participants registering before April 9!
The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online.

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 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Education Policy

Event Date: 16 Dec To 29 Jan 2020; Time: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Venue: Online

MOOC on Education Policy

About the Program

CCS' Massive Open Online Course on Education Policy is a course that aims to train and skill young professionals and students in research methods and the philosophical, economic, and political aspects of education policy. This course will provide a solid foundation in the theories that have influenced policy decisions over the decades and steps in the process of policy formulation, knowledge and skills necessary to analyze education policies and suggest reforms on the basis of successful pilot studies from across the world and emerging trends in the sector.

The course is divided into 4 comprehensive modules, keeping in mind the 4 week engagement offered. It also has a 1.5 hour e-assessment towards the end. The overall engagement duration is roughly 16-20 hours.

Event Date: 16 December 2019 To 29 January 2020

Course Timeline:

16/12/2019 - Admissions Open
31/12/2019 - Early bird deadline (10% off on course fee)
29/01/2019 - Last date to register for the course

Program Highlights:

  • Offered entirely on a digital learning platform to reach professionals and students in the farthest ends of the country
  • Comprises of 4 modules with 20 topics covered through video lectures, animations, quizzes, simulation building etc.
  • Discussion forum and technical query resolution forum
  • Eminent board of mentors and experienced faculty team

*Due to monitored enrollment and subjective test evaluation, the candidates will be selected on a First Come First Serve Basis. Limited seats available.

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Course Outline

 

Module 1: Unpacking 'Education'

  • Distinction between Knowledge, Education, Schooling and Learning
  • Philosophy of Education: Key thinkers and Ideas
  • Diversity and Equity in Education
  • State, Civil Society, and Education: Gandhi, Tagore, Radhakrishnan, Krishnamurthy
  • Emergence of Curriculum: The National Curriculum Framework and SSA
  • Government in Education
 

Module 2: Economics of Education

  • The Landscape of Education in India
  • Demand, Supply, Exchange - How Markets Work in Education
  • Defining Schools: Public and Private Alternatives in India
  • Structure of School Financing in India
  • The Cost of Universal Schooling in India
 

Module 3: Regulatory Framework for Education in India

  • Analysis of Educational Administration in India
  • Reading Data in Education: Key Sources
  • Evolution of Education Policy in India
  • Understanding RTE
  • Advancing Social Justice
 

Module 4: Catalyzing Quality Education Delivery - Solving Puzzles in Education

  • Re-envisioning the Learning Space
  • Technology in Education
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Reforms in Education

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Testimonials

The online course conducted by CCS on the Education Policy of India helped me understand the current education situation in India. Previously, I had a very constricted view of the education sector but after completing the course and the externship, I feel there are several shortcomings in the education sector that needs to be addressed. This course helped me understand the importance and the role of Education in the development of a country and its citizens. Overall, it was an excellent experience.

This course has helped me to inculcate the theory and practice of community based research along with community partners which would not have been possible in a classroom setting alone.
It has also given me an idea and knowledge about financing and partnerships, with emphasis on local collaboration in the education sector.
This course has motivated me to think about the critical gaps  in the education space.
Further, it has also helped me to learn the strategies of consultation and collaboration to deal with various stakeholders and government agencies.

The course that we did on Education Policy was really helpful. I gathered a lot of useful information. This course wouldnt have possible it CCS wouldnt have been there.
I have learned so much from the course and I look forward to learning more. Thank you for being a remarkable teacher.
Thanks to CCS

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Faculty

Dr. Parth J. Shah

Dr. Parth J Shah is the President of Centre for Civil Society (CCS), a public policy think tank advancing personal, economic and political freedoms. In a latest survey, CCS was ranked the number 1 think tank in India and 81 globally.

Dr. Shah's research and advocacy work focus on the themes of economic freedom, choice and competition in education, property rights approach for the environment, and good governance.

Avani Kapur

Avani is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Initiative and the Director of Accountability Initiative - a research group at CPR focusing on governance, state capacity and implementation of key social sector programmes. The focus of her work has been in building evidence for policy advocacy to strengthen transparency and accountability in public financial management for service delivery and ensure greater citizen engagement in governance systems. At AI, she has also been anchoring the publication of the annual budget brief series and implementation of fund tracking surveys on key social sector schemes including education, health, sanitation, nutrition. She is a Tech4Good Fellow and an Alumna of the London School of Economics and Smith College, Massachusetts.

Amit Kaushik

Amit Kaushik was a civil servant for 20 years, joining the Indian Railway Accounts Service in 1987. During his time in the service, he held a variety of challenging assignments, including as Director in the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, where he was associated with the implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), as well as the drafting of the Right to Education Act. He has consulted widely, with multilateral agencies like UNESCO and UNICEF, and has extensive experience of educational planning in India and other developing countries.

Since leaving government, he has worked with organisations like SRF, the NGO Pratham, Educomp Schools and IPE Global. He is currently the CEO at the Australian Council for Educational Research (India).

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

Prof. Kingdon holds the Chair of 'Education Economics and International Development' at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. She has worked for 10 years as faculty at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford. Her research is based mostly on statistical analysis of education datasets. Based on this research, she advises governments and donor agencies such as the World Bank, European Union (EU) and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) on their education-related aid to developing countries.

She has frequently been a member of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry's 'Joint Review Missions' of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and of the Secondary education programme (the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan), a member of the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board (Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad), and also serves on the Government of UP's Advisory Committee on Basic Education.

In 2013, Professor Kingdon was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kingston University London for "her outstanding contributions to education and development".

Gurcharan Das

An Indian author, commentator and public intellectual. Gurcharan Das graduated with honours from Harvard University in Philosophy. He later attended Harvard Business School (AMP), where he is featured in three case studies. He was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and later managing director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). In 1995, he took early retirement to become a full-time writer. He writes periodic pieces for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek.

Sridhar Rajagopalan

Sridhar Rajagopalan is a co-founder of Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd. (EI), a company that has helped change the way student learning outcomes are seen in India. EI offers ASSET, India's leading private school assessment and Mindspark, a personalised learning program that has featured as a Harvard Business Study case. Sridhar has been a member of various central and state government committees related to education including the committee for devising model rules for the Right to Education Act in Gujarat. He is currently based in the US and heads EI's US subsidiary.

Vimala Ramachandran

Vimala Ramachandran, has been working on elementary education, girls' education and women's empowerment. She conceptualized and launched Mahila Samakhya, a women's education program of Government of India program based in the Department of Education, MHRD. She was the Managing Trustee of HealthWatch – a network of researchers and activists engaged with women's health.

She established Educational Resource Unit in 1998 as a network of researchers and practitioners working on education and empowerment.

She has published extensively on education policy and practice, gender issues and women's empowerment.

Yamini Aiyar

Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of CPR. Her research interests are in the field of social policy and development. In 2008, Yamini founded the Accountability Initiative at CPR. Under her leadership, the Accountability Initiative has produced significant research in the areas of governance, state capacity and social policy.

Yamini's own research on social accountability, elementary education, decentralisation and administrative reforms has received both academic and popular recognition.

Aiyar is an Alumna of the London School of Economics, St. Edmund's college Cambridge University, and St Stephen's College, Delhi University.

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The Law and Liberty Conference, 2019 || NLSIU, Bangalore

Event Date: 23 Nov To 24 Nov 2019; Time: 10:00 AM onwards
Venue: Allen and Ovary Hall, National Law School of India University, Bangalore

About the Program

Each year, the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) organises the Law and Liberty Conference (LLC). The conference highlights emerging concerns in the domain of individual liberty, and the legal and regulatory frameworks which enable the flourishing of a liberal society.

The conferences aim to provide a platform for liberal perspectives on legal concerns, develop a liberal critique of the extant juridical discourse and to build a network of legal practitioners, scholars and students to promote the cause of liberty. Previous conferences have discussed issues of judicial activism, property rights, and perspectives on liberty in a digitized India. With the easing of regulatory policy, the Indian market is opening to larger multinational players. Regulatory authorities now face the task of ensuring fair competition in this changing playing field.

Venue: Allen and Ovary Hall, National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Theme: Legal Foundations of a Free Society

  • Selected participants will be notified within a week after the application deadline.
  • Selected top entries will be offered travel grants and given the opportunity to present their researched abstracts at the Conference.
  • The application fees is INR 1000/-
  • The fee will cover overheads, refreshments, folders, and the networking lunches. The fee does not cover accommodation and arrangements for the same have to be made for the participants themselves.
  • The fee is payable upon selection, and can be made online, details of which will be communicated to selected participants.

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Course Schedule


DAY 1 | 23 November 2019

  • 08:30 - 10:00 | Registration
  • 10:00 - 11:00 | Opening Address
  • 11:00 - 11:30 | Break
  • 11:30 - 12:00 | Student Presentations on Panel I
  • 12:00 - 14:00 | Panel I – Bankruptcy Law in India
  • 14:00 - 15:00 | Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:30 | Session I – Rules of the Game: An Introduction to Institutions
  • 16:30 - 17:00 | Break
  • 17:00 - 17:30 | Student Presentation on Panel II
  • 17:30 - 19:30 | Panel II – Legal Hurdles for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

DAY 2 | 24 November 2019

  • 10:00 - 10:30 | Recap of Day 1
  • 10:30 - 12:00 | Session II – The Politics of Romance: Public Choice
  • 12:00 - 13:00 | Lunch
  • 13:00 - 13:30 | Student Presentations on Panel III
  • 13:30 - 15:30 | Panel III – Judicial Efficiency: Improving our Access to Justice
  • 15:30 - 16:00 | Break
  • 16:00 -18:00 | Keynote Address
  • 18:00 - 19:00 | Certificate Ceremony & Closing
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Registration

Application Fees: 1,000/- (which shall cover food and course materials for the entire duration of the program.) [Limited merit-based scholarships are avaliable]
Application Deadline: 3rd November 2019
Conference Dates: 23rd-24th November, 2019

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For details contact: Sourya Banerjee (sourya@ccs.in).

CCS Introductory Course in Public Policy ‘ipolicy’ [Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore]

Event Date: 28 Sep To 29 Sep 2019; Time: 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Venue: Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore

Register now for iPolicy for Young Leaders Program

Centre for Civil Society (CCS) has been ranked amongst the top 60 think tanks in the world (and amongst the top 3 from India) by the University of Pennsylvania's highly acclaimed annual Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) report, for the past 5 years.

About the Program

  • Have you ever wondered what makes a policy work?
  • Have you thought about the reason for India still being poor?
  • Have you ever questioned what the role of the government should be?

Explore these questions at ipolicy for young leaders- a 2-day certificate course in Public Policy organised by India's leading thinktank Centre for Civil Society in four cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.

ìpolicy is an introductory course in Public Policy. The course involves a variety of interactive learning methods including dynamic games, talks, dialogues, and documentaries, designed to provide participants with opportunities to explore and share ideas about policy-based solutions to social problems from a liberal perspective.

Only 30 best applications would be selected for the course! Applications are open for all college students and young professionals.

Goals of ìpolicy:

  • To create a fun, open, and respectful environment where everyone is encouraged to think critically about social, economic, and political issues.
  • To evoke in participants a passionate inquiry into their own values and role in creating a good society.
  • To equip participants with fundamental concepts of political economy and sound public policy to enable them to understand the root cause of current challenges and effectively advocate for policy solutions through their current work and future professions.
  • To plug participants into a global network of opportunities to propel their intellectual growth, make personal connections and access resources to help them advance their vision of a free society.

We have conducted this same program across premier institutions in India like ISB Hyderabad, FMS Delhi, NLS Bangalore, IIM Kozhikode, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Bombay, Delhi School of Economics and many more.

Eligibility

Who Can Apply?

College students, young professionals, development leaders under the age of 30

Fee Details: Rs. 2,000/-
(Includes course material and lunch on both days)

Program Dates Venue, City Application Deadline  
14-15 September 2019 New Delhi 31 August 2019
21-22 Septmeber 2019 Hyderabad 01 September 2019
28-29 Septmeber 2019 Bangalore 14 September 2019
Shilanjini Bhattacharya, TISS Mumbai
"ìpolicy has enabled me to critically examine the present perspectives I inhabit regarding policy design and policy implication. It has inspired me to gain a holistic understanding of markets and their ways of working in the policy domain."

Shilanjini Bhattacharya, TISS Mumbai

Evita Rodriguez, FLAME Pune
"I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity, it has provided insight, fresh ideas and a liberal perspective. I learnt a lot both from interaction with facilitators and peers. I was encouraged to think more critically, ask more questions and discouraged from accepting things on face value. I think my approach to policy formulation has changed a great deal in terms of how I now perceive institutions, trade, incentives, public interest and govt intervention."

Evita Rodriguez, FLAME Pune

Shreya Rangarajan, TISS Hyderabad
"Textbooks provide a very one-dimensional and theoretical approach to issues. Ipolicy definitely showed the current trends interms of the practice approach and introduced me to new perspectives and ways of looking at issues. The most important thing is that in each session, we did not just stop with identifying the problem but also came together to formulate possible solutions to the same."

Shreya Rangarajan, TISS Hyderabad

Baithak: Conversations in Policy

Event Date: 15 Sep 2019; Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Venue: Dialogues Cafe, J P Nagar, Bengaluru

What?

Last year at CCS Academy, we curated a platform for CCS alumni, young students and professionals to engage in themes and discussions around public policy; now popularly called Baithak: Conversations in Policy. Baithaks follow an open group discussion format where the speaker is also the moderator of the debate, the principal guide and the facilitator of free flow of information among all the participants.

About Nayantara Ranganathan

Nayantara Ranganathan is a researcher and lawyer interested in the politics and culture of technologies. She works at the Internet Democracy Project, on programs related to freedom of expression, surveillance, net neutrality and the gendered use of the internet. She conceptualised and executed with a colleague, Gendering Surveillance, a project on exposing the gendered nature of surveillance in the Indian context. She has been working with groups in India to explore how digital technologies are affecting fights for social justice. She is the co-founder of ad.watch, a project on political advertising and its impact on democracy.
Twitter handle - @neintara

Why?

The idea of Baithak is to give a platform to all CCS graduates and potential course participants to come together for a discussion on contemporary socio-cultural and economic issues in the presence of prominent voices from the liberal movement in India. Its objective is to create a knowledge ecosystem, impacting the policy space in India at large.

When and where?

Topic: Ruling and Contested Imaginations of Data Sovereignty in India
Date: Sep 15th, 2019
Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Venue: Dialogues Cafe, J P Nagar, Bengaluru

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For details contact: Manasa Pidatala (Manasa Pidatala)